Steven Spielberg reckons Netflix films shouldn’t be considered for movie awards

Director Steven Spielberg has been doing lots of interviews over the past couple of weeks for his new movie, Ready Player One. And in one of the latest, he’s shared his views on the growing number of movies that are being made for Netflix’s streaming service, and not for cinema screens.

Chatting to ITV News, Spielberg said that “once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie”.

“You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar. I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theatres for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination”, he added. Netflix earned Oscar attention this past awards season for Mudbound, that landed in cinemas in the US for just one week, in order to qualify for the Academy Awards.

Conversely, Netflix is putting serious money behind films that otherwise may not even get made at all. But also, it’s increasingly being seen as an outlet for movies that the studios behind them aren’t comfortable releasing on the big screen.

The full interview is here.